The two tablets won’t be available for another week or so, but last night, Apple posted schematics for them to its website. We’ve got the fourth gen iPad above, and the iPad mini after the fold…
Apple uploads these sketches for case-makers (at least the ones that don’t have supply chain sources). And they offer device dimensions, camera, Lightning and audio jack locations; things like that.
The fourth gen iPad didn’t change at all design-wise, outside of the new Lightning plug. So unless a case had an opening specifically cut for the 30-pin connector, it should continue to work fine.
The iPad mini, on the other hand, is a brand new product. So hopefully with these images now up, we’ll have cases by the holidays. Apple’s already kicked things off with an iPad mini Smart Cover.
If you’re interested in checking out the full-sized schematics, Apple has them in all of their 5106 X 3306 glory on its website, on a page entitled: “Designing Cases for iPod, iPhone.” Enjoy.